Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Barbie Clothes

These were shipped off today to my niece for Christmas.

I followed a poncho pattern published by Susan of I'm Knitting As Fast As I Can. I used Sockotta cotton/wool/nylon, color 502. And I already forgot the needle size -- U.S. 2?

The two dresses were from patterns in Nicky Epstein's Knits for Barbie Doll. I followed the colors and thread suggested by the patterns.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

Knitting in Japanese

As soon as I read Mary's post and saw the pictures she linked to, I ordered the book. It arrived last week while I was gone, so last night and this morning I have been looking through it.

Most of it is in Japanese, but between the numbers and charts, as well as a page listing all the yarns with gauge used, plus translation references Mary has linked to, I think the patterns can be figured out. It reminds me of my course work translating from all sorts of languages that used different alphabet scripts. I knew my Ph.D. studies would be good for something!

Cara will be hosting a knit-along beginning in January for the Am Kamin sweater. I'm not sure if I'll join, but I certainly shall follow along. I especially like the Herbstlied Aran pullover (pictured on the cover of the book) and the When the Mountainash is in Flower shawl. I also love the brown Fair Isle swatches on p. 11.